Bali’s textiles are an important part of the its cultural heritage, in the past, traditional woven fabrics like songket were worn by the nobility as a class signifier in the royal courts. Today, caste-based restrictions no longer apply, but the songket remains a clear marker of status. Resplendent in shimmering silk and gold-wrapped threads, these luxurious cloths are often worn for ceremonies and weddings, where the bride and groom will don matching patterns.
Bali’s famed Kecak is a dance that tells the story of Asia’s most famous epic, the Ramayana. It is a huge performance, starring more than a dozen main characters and supported by a choir of 50 or more male dancers who perform very basic routines.
Klungkung, the smallest Bali's regency, is also home to some of its most fascinating historical sites.
The Klungkung Palace is a historical building complex in Semarapura, the capital of Klungkung.
One of the most remarkable parts of the palace is the Kertha Gosa Pavilion. It is the ancient high court of the king, where Bali's most difficult ...
Taman Ujung Floating Palace, is an enchanting water palace built in Karangasem Regency in 1901, and features a network of pools and ponds that were used for everything from entertainment to executions. The King’s resting palace is one of the most picturesque areas of the grounds, with a blend of eastern and western architecture, colorful glass ...
Ubud’s first museum, Museum Puri Lukisan, is a must-see for anyone with an interest in Balinese art and culture. Embracing the past and present and surrounded by stunning gardens, many pieces in the museum’s collection are available for sale.